September 13 is Roald Dahl Day, a holiday dedicated to one of the world’s greatest storytellers.
Celebrated every year on the anniversary of his birthday, the unofficial holiday celebrates all the characters created by the much loved and read children’s author whose most popular books included Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
While Dahl, considered to be one of the most widely read and influential British writers of all time is primarily known for his fantasy fiction stories for children, he also wrote screenplays for films and television shows, including the screenplay for the popular musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Dahl, who had Norwegian ancestry and was named after explorer Roald Admundsen, had a unique approach to storytelling. All his books for children were written from the point of a child's imagination and often filled with dark humor.
How to Celebrate?
Read or reread some of his more popular works.
If you have children, participate in Mischief and Mayhem events organized by your local library or bookstore. If there are none locally, you may even be able to organize one yourself or participate in a virtual event.
Watch movies based on his books.
Have a Roald Dahl themed party where guests dress up like characters from his books.
Did You Know…
…that Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot during the Second World War?